Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.


  • WaterFest July 23rd 3-8pm Meadow Park Lake Free event!

    Saturday, July 23rd 3-8 p.m. Meadow Park Lake

     A day of family fun, everything is free except a lunch meal. We have Kids Activities, Boat rides (please Register at event), music, and free ice cream! come out and celebrate with us!


        After 3,000 people participated last year, it was clear that the event is “on the map.”  Our challenge was how to continue to make it better.  We’ve made some changes, all of which should meet that challenge.  First, Jackson Kayak, one of the premier boat builders in the nation which is located in Sparta, TN is bringing their fleet of demonstrator boats so folks can try out the range from super-agile whitewater play boats to super-stable fishing kayaks and sit-on-tops, to stand-up paddleboards.  We will still have plenty of regular canoes and kayaks to try as well.

        Thanks to our many sponsors this year:  The City of Crossville, Veolia, Volunteer Electric Community Share, Middle TN Natural Gas Hometown Help, Cumberland Medical Center, Manchester Tank, Kroger, and Cosby Stone.

    Second, we’ve got a second, larger pontoon boat this year, so more people will be able to have the tour of the lake, something that was so popular that not everyone who wanted to go was able last year.

    Third, we’ve focused our children’s activities more on our theme of appreciating nature.  In addition to the live animals from the State Park and the live fish from TWRA, we’re hoping that the University of Tennessee will bring its Bug Booth with all the cool bugs that they like to show and tell about.  There will still be arts and crafts and games with a nature theme.  

        Our friends from TSRA will be again instructing on the water, we’ll have live music starting at 5:00, and lots of good things to eat.  Best of all, like always, the event is free.  The only thing that costs money is food.  So tell your friends and family and come on out.  You’ll be glad you did. 

    Directions to Meadow Park Lake

    From I-40, Exit 322 (Peavine Road): Turn south on Peavine Road (S.R. 101). Follow S.R. 101 to intersection HWY 70 & proceed on Miller Avenue to New Lantana Rd HWY 101 South.  Turn left on to Lantana Rd. proceed south to City Lake Road. (From the first traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy. 127 and Main Street, the distance to City Lake Road is 4 miles.) Turn right on City Lake Road. There is a directional sign for the park at this intersection. The park is located at the end of the road (approximately 1.4 miles). You may contact the park office/bait shop at 931-788-2034.

    Posted Jul 14, 2016, 2:53 PM by Katherine Heying

  • Posted Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 AM by Angela Damron
  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - October/November 2015!

     October Activities

    5K Keep it Clean and Fun Run
    Saturday October 10
    9:00 a.m. Cumberland Mountain State Park

         Don't miss this great fun event and OWCA fundraiser.  Registration information is on home page

    November Activities

    Annual Meeting and 10th Year Celebration

    Friday, November 6
    6:00 p.m.  Forte's Restaurant
    (on the Courthouse Square)

        OWCA was founded in 2005 so we're taking this year to celebrate.  We'll still conduct the important business of electing board members and officers, but we're going to take time to both look backward and forward.  Dennis is putting together a presentation on the first ten years and we'll invite others to share reflections as well.  We're also going to ask our members to both dream and plan together for next year and the future.  Please come and participate.

        We've decided to meet this year at Forte's.  Both the restaurant and the bar will be open for ordering, but you don't need to order anything to participate in our Annual Meeting.  

    Board Nominations Sought

         We have openings for Board members, so if you would like to be nominated at the Annual Meeting, please let Bill Morgan know.  If you have been thinking about raising your involvement in the organization to the next level but have questions about the commitment, call Bill Morgan to discuss the expectations for Board members. Bill’s number is 456-9040.   

    WaterFest Website:  crossvillewaterfest.org   There is a great collections of photos from our great 2015 edition of WaterFest

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make seasonal purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Bill Morgan (President),  Mary Lou Matteson (Treasurer), Hugh Thomforde (Secretary), Matt Matteson, Robert Safdie, and Denise Aquista. 

    OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, VEC Customer Share, MTNG Hometown Help, Manchester Tank,  Silvara Stone, Crossville Friends Meeting, Veolia Water NA, Tennessee Heart, Cumberland Medical Center, EcoTravel Plaza, Stonehaus Winery, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, and Cumberland County Bank. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 184 Hood Dr. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:39 PM by Dennis Gregg
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